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msiminoff

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Posted: 02/27/12 10:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I snapped photo of this Dodge in San Francisco about a year ago...
Okay, so it isn't a truck camper, but somehow this truck owner make it work with a shell and lumber rack



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Posted: 02/28/12 05:19am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good grief, it sounds like I just walked into the day-room at a nursing home! All this curmudgeonly..............maturity.......and.....and.......conformity going on here!!! < note the smiley, that means I'm just kidding!

I've always liked stacks (I'm with you on the "nuts" though, Old-Biscuit. Bleah!)

Guys, you're just not thinkin' "outside the box" here. That's where stacks need to be if your going to haul a truck camper. Doesn't anyone else remember Dodge's Lil' Red Express Truck? Came with stacks from the factory, and it was a cool lookin' truck. If I remember right it had a step-side bed, and the the stacks were outside. You could put a topper on the bed if you wanted.

You could put them outside the bed of a dually, then put one of the narrower campers on it that isn't much wider than the bed, like a Capri.

Or, have them in the bed on a long-bed pickup and put a short-bed camper on the truck. If they weren't too tall, and you put some angled tips on them, it could work.

I'm tellin' ya! Where there's a will, and no shame, there's a way!



* This post was edited 02/28/12 05:37am by NRALIFR *


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daveshan wrote:

Stacks are only cool if you have a big set of trucknutz hanging from the hitch.




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Posted: 02/28/12 06:37am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some race tracks and sled pulling events require a stack to blow the smoke up into the air and not sideways into spectators.


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Wow, didn’t know this would be such an issue with such responses. As a guy with stacks on my truck for a few years I felt like I would be qualified to respond. The original question is interesting and I don't think possible but the responses were far more interesting in showing personal opinions. Might as well show mine too. My thoughts on this matter anyway. The quotes are shown below with answers following them.

“I don't see how it would be possible on a pickup. The stacks come up through the forward corners of the bed. The camper occupies the same space. Even if that problem were solved, the stacks would be blowing exhaust up into the bottom of the cabover section of the camper. I've never been able to see a benefit to having stacks on a pickup anyways.”
The benefit is in my mind. It’s my truck and I like the looks of them. I don’t need to prove a benefit to you to justify me having them. Don’t like ’em, don’t put them on your truck. Easy stuff.


"It's for those people that like to de-tune their diesels to make them blow black smoke."
I have a stock tune in my truck. I drive for economy as I used to teach that for a major truck engine OEM. I don’t blow smoke unless for some reason I have to stand on it. At that point if the pipes were up or down they would blow smoke. Not done unless there is a need.

"I don't get the whole 'big rig stacks' thing on a pickup and then with a TC."
Again, you don’t have to “get it”. It’s not your truck. I really don’t care what you think of my truck. Just remember if you are broke down and I stop by feel free not to ride in it because you don’t like the pipes.

"Guess you could punch holes thru the floor/roof and have radiant heat inside TC with the stack pipes.
Stack pipes.......dumbest thing I've seen on a pickup truck"
Thanks for sharing your opinion. See responses above.

"What is the point in stacks? Little trucks are not big trucks."
As I have said here, it isn’t your truck. I don’t have to show you a “point” in them. I like them and can afford them. Nuff said.

"These stacks are just a good way to ruin a pickup"
“Ruin” a pickup??? Seems to me there are more than a few trucks around with them. Somebody must like them. As I mentioned a few lines back, if I stop by to pick up your DA in my “ruined” truck, feel free not to take the help. I won’t be offended but you will still be broken down.

"The guys that have them must feel inadequate about something else."
I knew this one would come from somewhere. Inadequate, surely you jest. What is this? High School trash talk? It’s my truck, I can afford to buy them and when the time comes for me to buy a TC, I will probably buy another truck just to haul it. Inadequate, you gotta be kidding.

So yes there are some other opinions. I take great care of my truck and I am proud of how it looks. I don't insult you or yours without stacks so give me the same consideration. I felt the need to share my opinion just as everybody does on a public forum. With all of that said, I hope that you all have a great day. It is still a great forum.
Stay safe out there.
Ken


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the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries. Winston Churchill


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Hey good points and I agree it is your truck and to each there own. Alot of people are very opinionated and some of us are just having some fun. I just purchased a Ram 2500 with a Hemi and have had a relentless barrage of, " you know, real trucks don't have spark plugs and way to waste a perfectly good heavy duty"..lol..what do ya do. Please though, don't put trucknutz on the beast, I promise I wont...

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OK...you could cut holes in your TC and run the exhaust pipes through the cabover (this would help keep it warmer in winter time..thus elimiating the need for ducted heat)continue the pipes down the inside of the living area hanging curtains on them if needed..Finally, complete the masterpiece by exhausting the dual pipes out the back around the door stomping on it the whole time to get black $4.20 smoke puring from your $40,000 TC.. As a bonus, you could idle the truck at the campground and cook potatoes in the pipes for the kiddies......just my idea..


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MAV 8801 wrote:

OK...you could cut holes in your TC and run the exhaust pipes through the cabover (this would help keep it warmer in winter time..thus elimiating the need for ducted heat)continue the pipes down the inside of the living area hanging curtains on them if needed..Finally, complete the masterpiece by exhausting the dual pipes out the back around the door stomping on it the whole time to get black $4.20 smoke puring from your $40,000 TC.. As a bonus, you could idle the truck at the campground and cook potatoes in the pipes for the kiddies......just my idea..


Yet another bonus.... I would make a heck of an alarm clock if DH or DW wants to sleep past departure time. Just sayin'.

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Posted: 02/28/12 08:58am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here's a photo of that Dodge Lil' Red Express.



Presentation of this photo is for educational purposes only. This poster does NOT endorse the use of such dumb-looking accessories.

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With a TC I don't see how you could do it and still make it have the right look with the camper off. I have seen it done on rigs that never take the camper off and on rigs where the camper can't be taken off as in the Mog conversions.





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